The 8 things that really sucked at the Web Summit 2013


My name is Rebecca and I study International Business Management in Freiburg, Germany. Once in a while I also write for Last week, I attended the Web Summit in Dublin for the first time. Below I’ll now list the 8 things that sucked at this conference – in my personal view.

Don’t get me wrong, it was really interesting to attend the Web Summit. I don’t regret flying out to Dublin and overall it was a pleasant experience. We just thought, it might be entertaining to start with the negative points. A second review with more info about the positive things related to the Web Summit will follow in the beginning of next week.

1. First of all: There was no printed Web Summit-program with info about the different events, speeches, (etc.). Therefore I had to use my smartphone everytime I wanted to know something related to the Web Summit. This leads us to the next point:

2. The slogan of the Web Summit was: 10,000+ of the world’s brightest minds in technology. But: It was nearly impossible to get a stable WIFI-connection on this conference – WITH ALL THESE BRIGHT IT MINDS???

3. There was no info about the long way (about a 5 min. walk) to the “Food Summit”. We almost froze our asses off, because we left the main building without our jackets.

4. There were no signs or menu info at the different queues on the Food Summit venue. You kind of waited in a line without knowing for what exactly you were waiting. This was especially helpful for people with allergies or food intolerances like me.

5. There was a relatively small selection of different types of food and not so much choice. I asked for noodles and only got a portion of two forks served – I was hungry!!!

6. The whristbands sucked. It’s quite irritating to wear these things during the two days. In the evening, after having a shower at the hotel, you are definitely done with them and like to cut them off.

7. There were long queues, especially on the Food Summit and at the wardrobe. They really had just one wardrobe for 10.000 attendees. I mean: WHAT??!!

8. Most attendees came by bus. But there was no information about which busses stop at the Web Summit location. In addition, the busses just accepted coins and gave no change. This means, that we were forced to give the Bus driver a tip of 1.70€ for our first ride. Last but not least, there was no chance to change your money (to get coins) next to the location. So either you had coins or you drove by taxi.

You have additional negative points in mind? Let us know!